Haydock heavy in places as rain continues to fall

The ground at Haydock could become heavier still with rain falling

PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos) Haydock heavy in places as rain continues to fall
By Mark Scully 9:50AM 18 NOV 2016

KIRKLAND TELLWRIGHT has warned the going at Haydock could worsen from its current description of soft, heavy in places with rain continuing to fall at the track on Friday morning.

The early covering of sleet on the ground is beginning to melt away but the clerk of the course is expecting more rain still, with the GoingStick readings at 6.30am on Friday at 6.0 on the chase course and 5.6 on the hurdle course.

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At 9.40am, there had been only one runner withdrawn, the going change ending the hopes of Doctor Phoenix in the graduation chase at 1.25.

"We've had quite a bit of sleet but it is melting rapidly and has turned to rain now," said Tellwright. "We are fit to race and the ground is heavy in places, with the possibility that it could move on from there by the time we start racing.

"Rain is forecast throughout the day on and off and we'd be expecting another 4 or 5mm or so."

Cloudy Dream pleasing Jefferson

Among the four left in contention in the Brown Shipley Graduation Chase is Cloudy Dream, representing the red hot Malcolm Jefferson stable.

The six-year-old, runner-up in last year's Scottish Champion Hurdle, made a winning chase debut at Carlisle last month and Jefferson is hopeful the Trevor Hemmings-owned gelding can take another step forward, although the prospect of further rain could dampen that optimism.

"He jumped well on his debut, he has been schooling well since and is in fine fettle," he said.

"I'm looking forward to it and I just hope it doesn't rain too much."

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